Mathis disputes report that he will hold out

AP

Add another item to the Colts’ to-do list.

Len Pasquarelli of Sports XChange quotes a source close to defensive end Robert Mathis’ situation that says Mathis will “never play another snap there under that [existing] contract.”

The problem for Mathis and wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who is also entering the final year of his deal, is that the Colts have to take care of Peyton Manning first. And sign their rookies.  And address their other free agent holes.

Even if they wanted to give Mathis a new deal, it could take some time.   Mathis made similar overtures this time last year, but his camp is reportedly “adamant” this time around.  It sounds like a holdout could be on the way.

Mathis is due $3.41 million in total pay this year, which includes a $1 million roster bonus.  He’s underpaid, but it could be tough to give the three-time Pro Bowler market value with so much else to do for the Colts.

UPDATE: Mathis disputed Pasquarelli’s report via Twitter to 18to88.com, via Twitter.

“Haven’t thought of scheming up a #PayMePlan yet for 3 reasons. (1)18 is up  (2) 87 needs his (3)free agents will b addressed b4 me,” Mathis wrote.

That quote shows remarkable perspective from Mathis. It makes you wonder why someone pretty clearly from his camp is floating that he’s unhappy.

UPDATE II: Mathis continues to deny Pasquarelli’s report via Twitter:

“I have every intention on doing my job once the NFL gives us our job back. I never been a locker room cancer &wont start now. #GoColtsDammit”

33 responses to “Mathis disputes report that he will hold out

  1. The Peyton Paradox … pay him what the market demands, and lose so many players that you’ll never sniff another Superbowl.

    In a sad twist of fate they’d probably be better off trading him. Of course that will never happen. But the Colts simply don’t have the cap space to be contenders with his salary around their necks.

  2. Since this report, Mathis tweeted, he is not planning to do that because of Peyton, Reggie and UFAs.

    But I guess this truth wouldn’t be worth reporting for PFT.

  3. I think Wayne made a little contract noise in the offseason last year also which was promptly smacked down by management.

    It would be something if he and Mathis both withheld their services until they got new deals.

    Typically most smart teams lock up the guys they want to keep long term before/while they go into the last year of their deal.

  4. I love it when players refuse to play for “unfair” contracts that they willingly sign. He could have chosen to let his last contract play out and make it in free agency, but instead he took the security of signing an extension… now he doesn’t like the terms and he’s going to be a baby about it. Don’t sign the contract if you’re unwilling to play under those terms!!

    And at the same time, these same players are the ones saying “we just want to play football” and “the owners are being greedy”!

    Ridiculous

  5. Yeah let’s sign Peyton Manning to the biggest NFL contract, so that he can choke in the playoffs again. Peyton Manning is going to hold back the Colts for years. Even the 49ers knew when it was time to give up Montana.

  6. “Sad country we live in when 3.41 million is not enough pay for a years work.”

    Even sadder … cause it’s not really a year.

  7. And what is with u cry baby morons who do nothing but whine about PFT and say they have crappy reporting? QUIT READING AND LOGGING ON IF U DON’T LIKE IT!!!

    *cough Ty46 cough*

  8. I hear you all about 3.41 mil etc.=”underpaid”. BUT…think of it as relative to their positions/skill in their jobs. It’s really the only fair way to evaluate it. If you were making 1 mil and a guy who wasn’t as good at your job as you were made 2 mil, wouldn’t you be pissed???? I would. It’s not Isn’t 1 mill ENOUGH money for anyone..it’s a merit issue.

    That said, I HATE when any player takes it public.

  9. After collecting 27 million I more than welcome him to get a real job. You know, the kind where you make 30 grand a year and have to budget your money.

  10. Yeah let’s sign Peyton Manning to the biggest NFL contract, so that he can choke in the playoffs again. Peyton Manning is going to hold back the Colts for years. Even the 49ers knew when it was time to give up Montana
    ===================================

    Still another reason why Brady is the better QB. He understands that there is only so much money avaiable, and the he has to have quality players around him, and on defense, to win. So while Brady takes less home than Manning, he will continue to be a contender.

  11. Oh Hell…….I doubt i could bear to watch another NFL game if Robert Mathis isn’t employed by somebody……..OH, the horror…..

  12. According to the media and the Mannings it doesn’t matter… remember the Colt’s would suck without Manning. He’s a one man team. Doesn’t even matter who else is on the Colts.

  13. Sounds like some unhappy campers in Peytonapolis.Lets see how Irsay and Caldwell handle the situation once there is a cap this season.

  14. I have to say, this gripe might be legit. When these people want a new contract they never factor in the couple million dollar signing bonus they get up front. This guy got a $126,750 signing bounus up front before taxes, agent fees, and any other fees. Other DE’s with similar impact and stats are getting 7 and 8 mil a yr. Ok this is more than enough typing for me, on a guy and team that I couldn’t care less about.

  15. Sucks getting old, huh Robert?

    I love how the Colts are on a downward spiral. About to make a 36 year old the highest paid player in NFL history.

    Keep it up Polian, you are the man!

    Sincerely,

    Jags fan.

  16. “Sad country we live in when 3.41 million is not enough pay for a years work.”

    A year’s worth? Last time I looked they “worked” 16 times a year and “practiced” three days a week for 4 months.

    I wish my work “year” was set up like that.

  17. Mick you’re a smart dude, but I can’t agree. Guys have to stay in shape year round in the modern NFL (well most of them…cough…Haynesworth…cough). Plus they have unpaid minicamps, OTAs and “voluntary-that are really involuntary” workouts.

    Yes they CHOSE the profession and it’s a dream job for many…but it doesn’t mean they have it “easy”.

    Guys can coast on natural ability only so much and the great ones never do.

  18. Lol @ jnbnet. Last I checked, Brady is the 2nd highest paid qb in the game, yet you ballwashers act like he plays for peanuts out of the goodness of his heart.

    What a joke you people are. Manning makes more money because he’s better. Period.

  19. Since the players seem to be getting so much with new cba I really hope the owners sue these guys for breach of contract when they how out.

  20. “Sucks getting old, huh Robert?

    I love how the Colts are on a downward spiral. About to make a 36 year old the highest paid player in NFL history.

    Keep it up Polian, you are the man!

    Sincerely,

    Jags fan.”

    robigd, it seems like you have a lot to say about how bad one of the more dominant teams of the last decade is going to be…how many division championships has your team won over those suddenly terrible Colts again? How much money do you have on next year? Maybe worry about your sub-par team first.

  21. 1. Peyton doesn’t need as much as he wants.
    2. Mathis is not underpaid by real standards, but maybe in comparison to out of whack pro sports standards.
    3. Cindy Brady got his. The boy is not hurting with over $18M a year.

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